Flames sign center Primeau, defenseman Hale to contracts

6/28/2007 - NHL Wayne Primeau Calgary Flames + more

Wayne Primeau


CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames re-signed center Wayne Primeau to a three-year contract and inked defenseman David Hale to a one-year deal.

Calgary had acquired Primeau, who could've become an
unrestricted free agent Sunday, from the Boston Bruins in a
February trade that also brought defenseman Brad Stuart to the
Flames. His salary last season was $1.15 million. In the new deal,
he'll earn $1.4 million a year.

Primeau, 31, had three goals and four assists in 27 games for
the Flames. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound forward played a defensive role
on Calgary's third and fourth lines. He had two assists in six
playoff games.

Calgary acquired Hale from New Jersey at the Feb. 27 trade
deadline. The rookie had one assist in 43 games for the Devils
before he was traded to Calgary, where he played another 11
regular-season games and two postseason contests.

Hale will earn $590,000 next season, a $40,000 raise from this